Shakespeare and Crisis. An Italian Narrative.

Starting date
January 1, 2014
Duration (months)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Bigliazzi Silvia
Shakespeare, Italian reception, cultural crisis

Over the centuries Shakespeare’s work has often provided cultures with narratives capable of explaining their own rises, furnishing them with what Kenneth Burke famously  defined as ‘equipments for living’. The research investigates how, across time, Shakespeare has supplied Italian culture with some such narratives at particular moments of crisis. The aim is not to draw an exhaustive overview of the history of Shakespeare’s reception in Italy, but to identify particular moments in history when Shakespeare seems to have played a pivotal role in the life of individual writers, directors, thinkers, critics, etc., as well as socially, politically and culturally at large. The research spans a whole century, from 1916 to 2016.


Funds: assigned and managed by the department

Project participants

Guido Avezzu'
Silvia Bigliazzi
Full Professor

Collaboratori esterni

Maria Elisa Montironi
Università di Macerata
Lucia Nigri
University of Salford, Manchester (UK) School of Arts and media Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature
Research areas involved in the project
Letteratura inglese e letterature anglofone
Title Authors Year
Shakespeare and Crisis. One Hundred Years of Italian Narratives Bigliazzi, Silvia 2020


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